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By Kathryn Hellerstein

In A query of Tradition, Kathryn Hellerstein explores the jobs that girls poets performed in forming a contemporary Yiddish literary culture. girls who wrote in Yiddish cross mostly unrecognized outdoors a swiftly diminishing Yiddish readership. Even within the heyday of Yiddish literature, they have been considered as marginal. yet for over 4 centuries, girls wrote and released Yiddish poems that addressed the crises of Jewish history—from the plague to the Holocaust—as good because the demanding situations and pleasures of lifestyle: prayer, paintings, friendship, nature, kinfolk, and love. via shut readings and translations of poems of eighteen writers, Hellerstein argues for a brand new point of view on a convention of girls Yiddish poets. Framed by way of a attention of Ezra Korman's 1928 anthology of girls poets, Hellerstein develops a dialogue of poetry that extends from the 16th century in the course of the 20th, from early smooth Prague and Krakow to excessive modernist Warsaw, long island, and California. The poems variety from early traditional devotions, equivalent to a printer's preface and verse prayers, to experimental, transgressive lyrics that confront a contemporary ambivalence towards Judaism. In an built-in research of literary and cultural historical past, Hellerstein exhibits the immensely very important contribution made by means of girls poets to Jewish literary tradition.

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